G20 and the Evolution of the Global Trade and Investment Regime: From Crisis Management to Vision and Leadership?

Organised by
ICTSD and FES Geneva office
28 April 2017
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Geneva, Switzerland

As a global governance mechanism, the G20 is uniquely positioned to shape the various components of the global trade and investment regime. This event takes place against the backdrop where the pro- and anti-globalisation debate has been evolving quickly, with scepticism regarding the benefits arguably gaining substantial popular support, in particular in some of the developed world.

The ongoing disruptions in the world have not been well understood and addressed. With a US new president in the White House and major elections scheduled in Europe this year, the G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held in Hamburg this summer will be critical. 

A week before the third Trade and Investment Working Group meeting in Berlin, this event will address a series of issues linked to today’s new context and the future of global trade and investment regime, such as the G20’ role of leadership, challenges arising from emerging political populism and economic nationalism, automation and artificial intelligence technologies, and the G20’s guidance for cohesion between the trade and investment regime and sustainable development, including climate change. More broadly, the event aims to better understand how the G20 can be most effective in addressing trade and investment issues in 2017, 2018 and beyond.

This dialogue, organised by ICTSD and FES Geneva office, will consist of two sessions, namely, (1) review and reflections about the trade and investment agenda in the G20, and (2) prospects for the G20 trade and investment agenda in 2017and 2018. 

The dialogue will be followed by a lunch roundtable discussion on trade and climate change in the context of the G20’s. Specifically, it will explore opportunities for the G20 to address the challenge of climate change through more coherent climate-trade policies. 

This dialogue is held under the Chatham House Rule, meaning participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Attendance to this dialogue is by invitation only. Please kindly direct comments and questions to ICTSD Global Economic Governance Initiatives Dr Wallace S. Cheng, email qiao [at] ictsd.ch .

Hubert René SCHILLINGER, FES Geneva

Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, ICTSD 

Chair

Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, ICTSD

 

Presenters

ZHANG Xiangchen, Ambassador of China to the WTO

CHOI Kyonglim, Ambassador of Korea to the WTO

Roberto ZAPATA, Ambassador of Mexico to the WTO

Heiner FLASSBECK, Director, Flassbeck Economics

Simon EVENETT, Professor, University of St. Gallen

 

Open discussion 

Chair

Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, ICTSD

 

Presenter

Roberto AZEVÊDO, Director-General, WTO

 

Q&A session 

11:00 – 11:15
Coffee Break

Chair

Axel BERGER, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute (DIE)

Presenters

Walter WERNER, Ambassador of Germany to the WTO
Tim YEEND, Chef de Cabinet and Principal Advisor to the WTO Director-General James ZHAN, Senior Director, UNCTAD
Marion JANSEN, Chief Economist, ITC
Thomas L. BREWER, Senior Fellow, ICTSD

Open discussion 

12:50 – 13:00
Concluding remarks